Are You Prepared? Step One: Create a Vehicle Emergency Preparedness Kit

Winter has arrived full force in Colorado this week.  And, the rest of the week snow and severe cold weather temperatures are forecast for much of Colorado.  It is the perfect time to double check your vehicle's emergency kit or create one.  Remember to take it slow and check the road and weather conditions before traveling across the state. If you have not put together your vehicle emergency preparedness kit use the check list below to get started.

Vehicle Emergency Preparedness Kit

In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should include:
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
  • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
  • Water for each person and pet in your car
  • AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
Also consider:
  • A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
  • Pet food
Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full and if you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.  

To join FEMA's Resolve to be Ready 2012 Campaign visit their website for information on other types of emergency preparedness kits and  how to create your family emergency plan.